Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
I think there are a few things you have to consider as a trainer. What will your target market be? Will you be starting unbroken horses, putting 30 days on them and giving them back or will you be training horses to do certain things?
What will you be training them for? Have you got a proven competition record with your horse that will demonstrate your success?
How many horses have you broken in? How many have you trained? One horse isn't much because all horses are quite different - what works with one may not work with others. Do you know how to deal with behavioural problems?
I broke a 3 year old mare I once had, I got her as an untouched yearling and did everything with her, she had been so easy and quiet. A few years later, after I had sold her, I got another unbroken mare but I was completely out of my depth because of how different she was. You need a lot of experience to be able to train many horses.
An apprenticeship, internship or something would be great because, if you get the right one, you could be riding many horses a day and learning how to deal with a range of problems. While you are conducting your own business, you can't really learn as you go along, because the clients are expecting a certain service in a certain period of time.
There is also a danger of not training a horse properly. Let's say a little girl sends her rearing horse to you because he is too dangerous for her, and you work with him and say he's fine, and you send him back and he hurts her?
As far as teaching people how to ride, there are courses for that, so you can go through the qualifications properly.
Remember that if you're training horses and students you should get insurance.